There is hope amidst environmental anxiety, says a scholar of ecotheology

From Eurekalert

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IMAGE: Consistent efforts to achieve something better may also have positive effects on personal wellbeing, assesses environmental researcher Panu Pihkala. Credit: Mika Federley, University of Helsinki

Eco-anxiety encompasses difficult emotions experienced to a significant degree due to environmental issues. Environmental researcher Panu Pihkala says that related symptoms can be positioned between two extremes:

“At one extreme are the serious symptoms, such as shock and fear, which often have psychophysical manifestations, including sleep disorders and physical discomfort. At the other extreme there are less severe symptoms, such as melancholia and restlessness.”

Any watertight causalities of eco-anxiety related to health are difficult to prove, although a recent doctoral dissertation (in Finnish only) by Reija Ruuhela indicates that climate change may even heighten the risk of suicide.

“The human mind is such a complex entity that, for example, in health care the environmental origin of anxiety symptoms has long been downplayed,” Pihkala notes.

Pihkala is working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki. He has paid much attention to the indirect effects and symptoms of eco-anxiety, applying through his multidisciplinary approach, for example, theories of grief and loss to empirical data.

In Finland, wide-ranging data acquisition associated with the phenomenon has been conducted under the annually published Youth Barometer scheme.

“My research has validated the assumption that a lot of young people are suffering from fear and anxiety related to climate change,” Pihkala says.

Who are the most affected by ecoanxiety?

Groups of people particularly exposed to mental strain stemming from environmental problems have been described in studies focused on eco-anxiety.

“One key group is children and adolescents whose mental processing capacity is still developing, making their potential for personal actions in the world of adults limited,” notes Pihkala.

Another group is comprised of those who are in close contact with ecosystems due to either their livelihood or lifestyle.

“These individuals include farmers, professional fishermen, hunters, indigenous peoples and nature lovers,” Pihkala lists.

In Pihkala’s opinion, what in particular causes anxiety is finding something to be a problem without a sufficient ability to react or do anything about it.

Strain caused by environmental concern varies around the world

Klimatångest (article in Swedish only), a term literally denoting ‘climate angst’, has become established in the Swedish language. In Sweden, significant research of high international importance that applies psychology and environmental education is being conducted on the climate change-related survival mechanisms of children and adolescents.

Then again, a field study carried out in a Norwegian community indicated that attitudes towards climate change involve self-inflicted emotional numbness. This is the topic of Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life, a book by sociologist Kari Marie Norgaard.

Norgaard found in her studies serious conflicts between the charitable Nordic image and identity, and the impact of the fossil economy and oil industry on climate change, humans and ecosystems across the globe.

“In Norway, the emotional load has already been accumulated to such an extent that the whole issue is difficult to process,” Pihkala summarises.

On the international level, various researchers are taking different approaches to eco-anxiety. Some are speaking of the psychological or psychiatric effects of environmental problems.

Pihkala highlights the ‘how to live with climate change’ manuals drawn up in Australia on the basis of scientific research.

“Tensions in Australia are high. The fossil economy in the country is strong, combined with unusually powerful severe weather phenomena. For example, studies conducted among Australian farmers have, at worst, indicated suicidal tendencies caused by climate change.”

How to channel concern about the environment into action?

The bias of cognitive brain function underlies the oppressive nature of environmental issues.

“The human mind has evolved to effectively react to concrete threats, but its response to ambiguous threats occurring over a long period of time is poor,” Pihkala explains.

Feelings of impotence may also be caused by considering personal acts insignificant on the global scale.

According to Pihkala, what this often boils down to is trying to rid oneself of a difficult issue: if individuals succeed in convincing themselves of the irrelevance of their actions, they can remain inactive.

Based on survey data, trying to achieve such a goal often fails, as existing research findings already indicate, for example, that the climate and consumption choices of Finnish households are far from insignificant in the big picture.

“Consistent efforts to achieve something better may also have positive effects on personal wellbeing,” assesses Pihkala.

For dealing with eco-anxiety, the researcher has his own advice.

“People are very relieved when they have the opportunity to process oppressive emotions without the restraints of roles that are considered socially acceptable and that restrict common sense. Various performances and rituals, art and even theology provide excellent pathways to achieving this.”

Social support may also play an important role in relation to eco-anxiety: by being part of a larger community that aims to do its best, individuals can limit the strain caused by overbearing problems.

“Of course, we cannot decide in the Nordic countries what measures will be taken elsewhere in the world, but we could have a chance to serve as an inspiring example of environmental ethics to others. In Finland, conversations about climate change have lately gained prevalence even in everyday situations. Certain people are wondering what they could do, others are demanding further political decisions. This is a clear sign of hope,” Pihkala says.

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105 thoughts on “There is hope amidst environmental anxiety, says a scholar of ecotheology

      • Ecotheology may be a valid term, as it describes beliefs and behavior with many aspects of a religion.

      • Ecotheology is a violation of the 1st Amendment.

        ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof’

      • Ecotheology shares university office space with the related disciplines of bogusology, humbugology, fake deityology, and hairy canaryology. Profs have names like Dr. Doom, Agony Falsealarm, and Putrid Theory, and it’s NOT a coincidence.

        • There is hope amidst environmental anxiety, says a scholar of ecotheology

          OH, MY, MY, ……. it was just a matter of time, …… the “psychobabblers” have joined the Global Warming Circus.

          I wonder what a Degree in Ecotheology will cost the undergraduates?

          • Better yet, where that hell are they going to find a job where they can apply their studies? Gee… I majored in ecotheology can I get a job at your recycling center sorting trash? Sounds like just another group of kids expecting the government to pay their college loans.

          • Ecotheology and ecofeminism probably are administered by the same academic head.

            Species extinction shall now be deemed “ecogenocide” in order to better relate it to Hitler. CO2, then, is like the killing gas in death camps. Skeptics will, then, be deemed “ecoNazis” and ecophobic, since they will be further deemed to fear ecology.

            This all serves to further insure that climate alarmists are treated as ecosaints.

    • Eco anxiety? Man, you must be absolutely problem-free in the rest of your life for this mental illness to pop its ugly head up. I suggest they try virtue signalling like our prime minister Justin Trudeau indulges in. He suffers from the same delusion that our Nordic friends have, which is that we can set an example for the rest of the world by shooting ourselves in the competitive foot with a carbon tax, when in fact, the rest of the world doesn’t even know we exist.

      • Whatever anxiety occurs,it appears to be soothed away every time a COP meeting rolls around, when the guilty scaredy-cats dutifully line up for their airline tickets and hotel reservations.

  1. I have “eco-anxiety”.
    I’m scared s***less that the West is going to revert to the preindustrial age thanks to green lunacy.

    • Pick your armageddon, whether the green blob returns us to the Dark Ages, or the Salafi’s return us to, well, the dark ages. Of course, they are not mutually exclusive.

      • I don’t see anyone signing up for the “green dark ages,” actually.
        “Eco-anxiety” appears to be the affliction exclusively of upper-class people with abundance guilt (also why they starve themselves) who only read within the NYT/WashPo/Atlantic/NewYorker/Grauniad circle-jerk and are also subject to the desperate (Oh, the jeopardy!) ravings of NGO grifters intent on the checkbooks of little old cat-ladies. Hence fake “climate,” fake “mass extinction,” fake “no more snow, no more birds, no more cute fuzzies unless you GIVE!
        AS IF we’re “sensitive” enough that 1.5 degrees over a century and a half could cause mental stress;
        but then I guess the belief Satan just put the Evil Eye on your cow used to cause it too.

    • We need to make sure that the alarmists are eventually held responsible for creating suicidal anxieties in the innocent public. They need to be held accountable for their longterm assault on reality, with the goal to mislead.

  2. They don’t miss a trick …. do they? The ability of climate propagandists to insert their narrative into every nook and cranny of human existence is astounding. What’s more astounding is how the media gives them free reign and protection.

    • “One key group is children and adolescents whose mental processing capacity is still developing, making their potential for personal actions in the world of adults limited,” notes Pihkala.
      Well duh, if you spend 16 years scaring the bejesus out of young people about this nonsense, sure some of them will become suicidal. And they blame climate change, like they have nothing to do with it.

        • It is disgraceful that a hypothesis of CO2 caused global warming which was NEVER subjected to the rigours of NULL hypothesis testing enabled the education systems around the world to scare the hell out of innocent children in school. Once this global warming is proved false, I suspect a spate of lawsuits to ensue. There has to be an accounting for this montrosity. WE WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT THE CLIMATE SCIENTISTS HAVE DONE TO US AND OUR CHILDREN.

          • I notice now that the alarmists dont even try to debate with us skeptics . They know they will lose any argument to the truth. DISGRACEFUL. The world has gone mad.

          • leitmotif,
            Gavin’s rudeness had nothing to do with an unwillingness to debate Roy Spencer. The format was not set up as a debate between the two and I am sure Roy Spencer would have greeted Gavin cordially at let him have his say. Gavin simply refused to be in the same room as Roy Spencer, whom we know to be a real gentleman. Previous to this incident I had some respect for Gavin but afterward, not much respect left.

            (One letter names are Unacceptable here, why not use Rob?) MOD

      • Yeah, the solution is first to recognize the problem, climate propaganda, and then to eliminate it. Remove the financial incentive for exaggerated claims.

      • “Well duh, if you spend 16 years scaring the bejesus out of young people about this nonsense, sure some of them will become suicidal. And they blame climate change, like they have nothing to do with it.”
        Exactamundo!
        And yet, note the obtusely ironic statement last:

        “In Finland, conversations about climate change have lately gained prevalence even in everyday situations. Certain people are wondering what they could do, others are demanding further political decisions. This is a clear sign of hope,” Pihkala says.”

        He recognizes that people are suffering due to being bombarded with a continuous barrage of negativity, and assurances that the situation is all but hopeless…hen goes on to state that the fact that nearly ever conversation includes a reference to this topic is “a sign of hope”!

        Incredible!
        In the olden days he would be complaining that everyone is afraid of going to Hell, and his solution would be everyone receiving a daily fire and brimstone lecture from an angry preacher.

        This sure reads like satire, but then again, nearly everything from the warmistas sounds like that long since.

        *walks away shaking head and mumbling curses under breathe*

      • Maybe the children are terrified by possibility of living upon totalitarian regime for the rest of their lives- sort of like school, though much worse- and never ending.

      • Children learn from adults. Feed them a steady diet of doom and gloom and they will be negative, not only about a given issue , but also in general. This is the basis for propaganda and its inevitable success. It explains why every aspect of human nature is being included in the alarmist game. It surprises me that a “scholar” like this ecotheologist doesn’t recognize his recommendation of finding others who provide support for an issue as nothing more that promoting groupthink. The place where this problem finds the most fertile ground is victimhood. Taking all personal responsibility away from people will never allow them to develop coping skills for the real world and its inevitable changes. We are a long way down this path, and it is a genuine threat to the Western world.

        • One thing children are well off for learning is that many adults should be completely disregarded.
          But without being taught how to think, and instead taught only WHAT to think, they become ever more unlikely to be able to discern which are the ones to ignore.
          Ignoring all adults is no solution, as the breakdown of any organized practice of respect for wisdom and authority is a major problem for the snowflake generations, whether they know it, or like it, or not.

    • Children and those lacking a science education, or who are unfortunately imbued with a surplus of credulity, have not inflicted this upon themselves…they are victims of a mass indoctrination campaign orchestrated by people who do not care who gats hurt or how many suffer as a result of their lies and delusional misapprehensions.

      Those who have no way of know better are victims of this anti-human hate-fest.

  3. I guess every ailment physical or psychological can be attributed to Global Warming.
    I would suggest the alarmism of the media, UN and “Climate Scientist are the main cause eco anxiety.

  4. Hmmm …. Ah Ha ! Eco-theologian has an idea.

    Experiment 1: Eco-theologian watches “sun rise”, feels happy.

    Experiment 2: Eco-theologian watches “sun set”, feels sad.

    Shouts, “Eureka! I have proven the theory by empirical observations!”

    Ha ha.

  5. If anything it is adults inflicting their own groundless climate anxiety upon children, and that is a travesty.

    • theology
      /θɪˈɒlədʒi/
      noun

      noun: theology
      the study of the nature of God and religious belief.
      “a theology degree”
      religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed.
      plural noun: theologies

      I don’t think he thought this through very well.

  6. I can understand how eco-anxiety can cause serious problems. I, myself, have a deep-seated anxiety about how many bears are shitting in the woods at this very moment.

  7. The solution is a short course in basic thermodynamics and a daily dose of WUWT.
    As for action: Spread the sceptical message in a responsible manner and stop voting for Greenblob politicians. The latter being the most important.

  8. Ecotheology? See! I just knew ‘Green’ was a religion.

    I have my concerns about the climate, but none that have anything to do with global warming. It’s global cooling that has my attention.

    But no worries. Precisely because there is nothing I can do to stop the next glaciation, I don’t worry about it. What is under my control is the ability to plan for adapting to it, should we start getting year-round snow cover in the northern climes before I slough off my mortal coil.

    @#&%! fearmongers in the YSM reporting on bought-and-paid-for results are largely responsible for the unnecessary anxiety thrust upon people. I can’t fault this article for pointing out the damage. The guy seems to be calling it as he sees it.

  9. What a gig! Getting paid to research and write useless drivel.
    In a large population, people can be divided into 3 groups is an ancient observation: sheep, wolves, and sheep dogs. And sheep are easily frightened and manipulated by wolves.

    Just another example of New Age junk philosophy that makes it way into pay to publish papers with weak peer or no peer review.

    • What about the Black Sheep?
      The ones that wonder off an do their own thing at their own pace, free from group-think.

  10. In my youth I suffered considerable anxiety due to religious brainwashing. I can see that this must be similar. A key feature of both is the tenet that the mere fact that you exist, make you a sinner.

    Kids should not have to put up with this sadistic crap, no matter the source.

    • At 1st they told me there was a Santa Claus. I figured that was false by the age of 5. Then they told me that there is a God. I figured out that was false by the age of 12. Then they told me that CO2 was going to cause the world to end from too much warming. It took me a long time to uncover that falsehood. There have been many other scams that have become popular including the ozone hole scam and the DDT scam. Interesting that the last 3 were all caused by the United Nations.

      • I was lucky, I studied all of the relevant subjects in college, and finished a year before Hansen spewed his festering sack of rancid monkey dung on us.
        IOW…I was among the last with an actual honest science education.
        I knew for sure it was nonsense from day 1.
        But the flip side is, after 35 years of arguing myself hoarse, I am growing a tad weary of it.

  11. Eco-anxiety is induced, not by the ongoing climate changes that have happened and will inevitably continue, but rather by the unrelenting (and highly baseless) fearmongering from those higher purpose persons who would force us into submission. I would be suicidal too, if their claims weren’t so absurd.

  12. “Climate change may even heighten the risk of suicide.”….oh….so the problem is self-correcting then. That’s welcome news.

    • Suicide is the second leading killer of people under the age of 25.
      If you add in accidental overdoses of drugs, it is likely to be by far the leading cause…and let’s be honest…drug overdosing, even if “unintended”, is pretty much a form of slow-motion suicide, as is much drug use in general.

      Many young people are incapable of processing the messages of doom they receive daily.
      In the US, youth suicide is up more than three-fold just since the mid 1990s, and again this does not include drug overdose deaths…which are now the leading cause of death in the US among those under 40.

      This is no joke.
      The climate doomsters and panic mongers should be horsewhipped in the streets and town centers.
      It is not the braying jackass so-called climate scientists killing themselves.

      • Menicholas: “The climate doomsters and panic mongers should be horsewhipped in the streets and town centers.”

        Amen, though hanging, drawing and quartering them should be considered too. Oh… and boiling in oil. I don’t think French-frying started out with potatoes.

        The doom-mongers are wreaking unspeakable harm amongst the sheeple, #@!&%# them! (Sorry for the language, mom.)

        /no winkies, no smilies… dead serious

        • Boiling in oil is a fast if exquisitely painful demise, and costly too I reckon.
          Probably too fast and too costly.
          I am all for bringing back the stocks though…let everyone walking by for a week or two give them a few licks and a kick in the fanny, plus they will be mostly crippled by the time they are released. Repeat offenders will become quite rare.
          Tarring and feathering is fine for more extreme cases…from what I understand that treatment was no joke.
          They had it figured out back in the day…make it public and very awful and thus strongly to be avoided.

  13. “The end is near!” It’s ‘been that way since the get-go. It’s always been that way.’ Finns depressed? This goes for news?

  14. The CAGW Gravy Train rolls on.
    Biologists climbed on long ago writing innumerable papers on species extinction due to CAGW, for fun and profit.
    Next we had the radical sociology types try to hop aboard with their “Feminist Glaciology” gambit. (Gawd, I thought for sure it was one of those hoax papers at first.)
    Of relatively long standing is the psychology people getting seats on the Gravy Train with “eco-anxiety”.
    Now we have the theology crowd piggybacking off the psychology crowd to secure their own seats. No doubt, they will offer up some profound morality in their mix.

    What Next?

  15. Of course the egg head pictured can use fossil fuels, because he is an alarmist and is getting the good word out to us little people to give up luxuries like cars and heating the home, etc.

  16. Seems to me you need to have contracted “Life Angst” as a precursor for having;”Klimatångest (article in Swedish only), a term literally denoting ‘climate angst’, has become established in the Swedish language.”
    Once you commit yourself to a life as Chicken Little and wetting yourself in panic at every noise in the night..Klimatangest (TM) will fit you nicely.

    Is this a Snowflake offering up a “sciencey” excuse for their refusal to accept responsibility for their own actions and life choices?

    Seems he should have called in a co-author, to help create such an authentic “Lew Paper”.

    Maybe we should send him? a copy of Blind Melon singing”I like my life this way”.

  17. @ Ian Mac
    (My best mate from school 40 yrs ago was an ‘Ian Mac’ & still in touch)

    Kids should not have to put up with this sadistic crap, no matter the source.

    You took the words etc……
    See also here:
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6417607/One-EIGHT-children-mental-health-problems.html
    and here
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44091501

    This is one huge and appalling Buck Pass.
    Because as we all know, it is our leaders, elders & betters being endlessly harangued by the ‘Scientists’ and other (the intelligent ones and don’t they know it, Nobel Prize anyone) advisers incl. folks like this who are propelling this alarmism and thus spreading anxiety.
    The anxiety comes from what new measures of taxation, laws, rules regulations and restrictions are flowing out of it on a near daily basis. Because the only tool they have is ever *more* taxation – more legalised robbery.
    Our leaders are nervous, they see the solution to everything as money money money and it’s getting to a lot of folks and there is now hardly anywhere to escape it.
    Bless her – Mrs May actually knows that.

    I see a positive feedback loop, so do a lot of people even if they don’t know what one is – they just ‘know’ it will not end happily with continuance in its present form….

    Note this little gem buried in there:

    Social support may also play an important role in relation to eco-anxiety

    He’s talking about loneliness isn’t he?
    Thanks Facebook.
    Thanks Twitter

  18. Absolutele lunacy such as this is always the result of too much money being available for anyone willing to to toe the lie. Madness.
    The next world war has started in France already. Unfortunately for them they are further into the pain of globalization than we are yet…but Justin and his Butt buddy are doing their best to bankrupt Canada, which I am certain is part of the plan along with importing as many third world Muslims as they can. Vive le Yellow Jackets!

    • Al miller

      The more recent Brussels demonstrations are more direct. They’re directed at immigration.

      Things are getting nasty in Western Europe. Brexit could be the powder keg if our UK government isn’t careful.

      They have two options left on the table right now but are searching for more.

      1. No deal Brexit, in other words we just leave the EU with no trade or customs deals, we just bug out. As one of the largest three contributors and participants in the EU, that’s a big deal for them as they lose, essentially 30% of their trade. (I’m talking very roughly here) which to any other business is a fatal blow.

      2. The British government calls another referendum, the reasons for which are now becoming clear. They can’t call a referendum which addresses the same issues as the first i.e. in Europe or out Europe because that would cause riots in the streets by 17.6 million people who voted leave. They must call a referendum on the deal our Prime Minister has struck with Europe to establish if it’s the right deal, which will inevitably lead to yet more prevarication, obfuscation and another opportunity to remain in Europe, despite the democratic will to leave.

      Option 1. The British people will largely accept.
      Option 2. Or any variation thereof, will likely lead to a mass uprising.

      I wonder if there are 17.6M yellow jackets in the UK.

  19. I applaud Panu’s initiative.
    The alarmists have abused a generation by sowing fear and anxiety about a fantastical climate catastrophe, which in some susceptible individuals reaches the level of serious psychological injury.
    Rather than jumping into the science or politics of climate, Panu has reached out to those psychologically abused by the catastrophist circus.
    Also it takes courage for a theologian to enter the public space and inevitably suffer some ridicule for his religious belief.
    A courageous and compassionate effort – well done Panu!

  20. “Feelings of impotence may also be caused by considering personal acts insignificant on the global scale.

    According to Pihkala, what this often boils down to is trying to rid oneself of a difficult issue: if individuals succeed in convincing themselves of the irrelevance of their actions, they can remain inactive.”

    I think he is saying:

    1) People get feelings of anxiety when they realize there is nothing they can do to fix the climate.

    2) They are cured of this anxiety when they accept there is nothing they can do to fix the climate.

    Of course, I say there is nothing they need do, because the climate does not need fixing.

    SR

    • But there is something to fix: the belief that there is something wrong and that opposing groups have all the power to implement answers that you KNOW are wrong. This swords swings both ways. I am just a random guy: a geologist who works for a petroleum company. I know geology and geography and have a great understanding of perceptions of time and risk, but I also know I am a minor bit player with no power. Call it a conspiracy or just plain paranoia, but I have “climate angst” in the opposite direction – I fear the idiots in control will ruin the climate for us and the generations to come. It is a legitimate fear. And it is truly causing me problems. I know there is nothing I can do about it (#1), but letting go of that which you cannot control (#2) is INSANLY difficult to do.

  21. Seems if we just don’t tell them……You know, like the good old days when tornadoes in Kansas, hurricanes in Florida and blizzards in North Dakota were “just how it is”. Best not to “enlighten” people and they will go merrily along, adapting and dealing.

  22. Gee, I wonder how high the anxiety would rise in Norway if their oil and therefor a large portion of their GDP was turned off.

  23. I’m going to write a sequel to “Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life.” It will be titled “Living in Denali: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life.” If I survive the winter.

  24. Hold about, one can make a living by practicing ecotheology ?

    Columbia University babbles “New movements in modern theological scholarship direct attention to the biological realm as well as the spiritual ..”

    Hey, have they gone THAT low in their quest for universal mind control ?

    Ok. starting a new business: -Perfect looking ecotheology diplomas, no questions asked, apply below.

      • P.S. I promise that my frock will be made of recycled plastic grocery bags, hang the itchiness. I have not yet decided on which way my collar will be turned… contemplating ‘cool dude’ eco-Priest look, sans shirt with sandals and jammers and lots of sick tats. Services Sundays at 10:00am and Thursdays at 7:30pm. Everyone welcome. Praise Gaia!

        [do I really need winky here?]

  25. It was not so long ago that we had real issues to worry about such as dirty water, disease, starvation and war. Now we have so much time on our hands, mostly free of hunger, disease and war we have to invent stuff to worry about.

    “At one extreme are the serious symptoms, such as shock and fear, which often have psychophysical manifestations, including sleep disorders and physical discomfort. At the other extreme there are less severe symptoms, such as melancholia and restlessness.”

    Largely brought about by alarmist media and the human desire to “feel” and “belong”, or be part of “something bigger than us” and be “connected”. People really do need to switch off and drop out, go for a walk along a beach in the rain.

  26. “My research has validated the assumption that a lot of young people are suffering from fear and anxiety related to climate change,” Pihkala says.” The sad part is this is all a self-induced problem. It would seem that there must not be much of a push back by many of the Finland people.How sad that so many people are suffering needlessly.

  27. “This is the topic of Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life, a book by sociologist Kari Marie Norgaard.”

    I tried Living in Denial once. They Egyptian Police told me to stop upsetting the fish and to get back on dry land.

    Jokes aside the more you read ‘research’ like this the more you start to wonder if the only useful function of Higher Education is to keep unemployable people off the streets.

  28. The “Dreaded Pause^тм” caused an epidemic of “Climate Blues” among climate scientists a decade ago. They rationalized they were looking Thermageddon in the face every day with their studies and they took ill because no one would listen! How many 100s of millions more did they need to listen? Nearly all the MSM, all the worlds universities and technical societies, 200 national governments, all the NGOs, every public school, astorisked Nobek Prizes and a host of other awards were dished out, Hollywood….

    What was really going on was classic psychological D*Nile, one of the most well researched of diagnoses in the therapeutic field. The Pause stretching over 18yrs, longer than the warming period we were sweating about and during which CO2 rose 35% was wearing on the minds of lesser fortitude among climate scientists. Had they wasted 20 years in study an another 20 in careers only to be betrayed so cruelly by Mother Nature? The mind is niggling you to consider a logical explanation and you make yourself sick fending it off.

    In this article we are seeing the terrible psychological harm deliberately done to innocent children, the engendering of fear and self loathing in a terrible brainwashing strategy by the keft to twist the education system promote a political agenda. I countered this every step of the way with my children and now my grandchildren, teaching them to think for themselves and to have a healthy scepticism of this stuff. Why is it that psychologists have bought into this awful plan and become enablers.

  29. At least some Leftists are being “honest” about their failed ideology being a religious belief rather than a failed political philosophy..

    In Leftists’ Post-Modern Religion, the neat trick is that empirical evidence is no longer required to validate their strongly-held beliefs (aka “Their Truth”)…

    All that is required for “validation” is a demonstration their beliefs are strongly held, which magically transmutes their strong beliefs into “Their Truth”…. “Their Truth” supersedes any objective reality under their Post-Modern religious precept of moral and ethical relativism…

    History shows “Their Truth” is a very dangerous religious belief, which ended with Leftist governments murdering 100 million “non-believers” in the 20th century..

    Let’s learn from history rather than repeat it, shall we?

  30. I don’t understand why people get upset or scared by the myth of Global warming etc.

    Some 40 years ago when this was first becoming a issue I studied the properties of the molecule CO2. It was soon clear that it did not actually store het energy, but simply re–radiated it. Also it was 100 % essential to all life on Earth first by it being both a essential plant food and also being the number one chemical in all life forms.

    Following on from that was the whole of the Global warming come climate change , come extreme weather, the whole matter was clearly one giant scam.

    The matter was embraced by academia as their left wing thinking could see the political possibilities in it, by the Media who love frightening us as it sells the adverts which enables newspapers or r TV air time to exist, and of course the politicians who always want something to scare us with, promising us of course that if only we will vote for them then all will be well.

    Now of course with the Greens blob appearing to be winning, we are starting to see the problems ahead. . A decrease in the energy needed to keep our present lifestyle going.
    But its all so simple if only we go back to what its all about, that gas CO2 and its properties.

    MJE

  31. Any watertight causalities of eco-anxiety related to health are difficult to prove, although a recent doctoral dissertation (in Finnish only)…

    Thank god for that. I do hope it is also pay-walled.

  32. Theologians know the problem “faith crisis”,

    they must be able to deal with it as with post-traumatic stress disorders.

    That’s how the Green Belivers will have to go their own way, lonely. Too.

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